Men are 35% more likely to die from cancer than women, with men's drinking and eating habits, late diagnosis and advances in breast cancer treatment cited for the stark differential.
An analysis of the most recent U.K. deaths from cancer found that 202 out of every 100,000 men died from cancer in 2010 compared with 147 per 100,000 women.
When sex-specific forms of the disease are excluded, such as prostate, testicular and ovarian cancer, the gender gap is even wider, with men 67% more likely to die. And when only working age people are looked at men under 65 have a 58% greater chance of dying than women of the same age. Men are almost three times as likely as women to die of esophageal cancer and almost twice as likely to die from liver cancer.
The figures come from a new report produced by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Men's Health Forum (MHF) and the National Cancer Intelligence Network. It has prompted calls for men to adopt healthier lifestyles and the NHS to do more to spot cancer in men earlier.
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